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Giving Thanks Even When "The Sky is Falling"



Being grateful can be challenging. You or a loved one might be sick. A family member or friend may have strayed from the faith or fallen into a great sin. Maybe something important didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Or maybe you simply failed a math test! Giving thanks in all circumstances can be hard. Not everything seems “thank-worthy.” But in Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians, he urges them to give thanks in everything.

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
This means that no matter what you might be going through, you give thanks. If you did well on a project, give thanks. If you didn’t, give thanks! If you play a sport or have a sibling or friend that does, you’ll sometimes hear the coach say something along these lines: “If we win, we’ll be happy. And if we lose, we’ll be happy.” What the coach is trying to say is, no matter if you win or lose, you’ll be fine with the outcome of the game. If you win or if you lose, you’ll still celebrate your effort.

This quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer is so convicting:
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet really not small) gifts.
It’s easy for us to be thankful for things that seem, well, easy to be thankful for. But when hard times come, we can forget to be thankful.

Charles Spurgeon reminds us to not forget to give thanks to God in prayer. There are so many things we ask for that we forget to be thankful for what we already have.
There should be a parallel between our supplications and our thanksgivings. We ought not to leap in prayer, and limp in praise. - Charles Spurgeon
Christ, on the night in before he was to be crucified, gave thanks for the bread and the wine. The night before the very day He was to be killed on that cross, He gave thanks.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. -Matthew 26:26-28

Our Savior’s mind was on giving thanks, not on the events that would happen the next day. His life on earth was coming to an end in a few short hours. But, casting all worries aside, He gave thanks to God.

A Christian’s life should not be one marked with ungratefulness. The hope that we have in Christ is so far greater than any hope this worldly earth holds. If we show that we are truly grateful and thankful, we will be those lights in which lead others to Christ.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. -Psalm 95:2-3
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